The early returns on DeMarcus Cousins' career haven't exactly been glowing but that hasn't kept the allure of having a potentially dominant big man on the roster from going away. The Sacramento Kings' big man has had run-ins with coaches, teammates, and broadcasters, but he's also flashed some dominant rebounding and solid scoring around the basket. With a little more than a month to get a contract extension done before the October 31 deadline, Cousins and the Kings have reportedly come to an agreement in principle.
The Kings and Cousins have reportedly agreed to a four-year, max contract, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
Hearing DeMarcus Cousins' extension with the Kings is agreed upon in principle— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 27, 2013
League sources say Cousins extension is for four years at max money.— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 27, 2013
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski also reported the extension with the Kings and was able to give the alleged dollar amount on the deal, pegging it for $62 million. He's also reporting that there will not be an opt-out clause after the third year, like we've seen with the max extension given to Kevin Love.
To be accurate: DeMarcus Cousins' extension with the Kings is a four year, $62 million max deal, sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 27, 2013
No early termination option in the Cousins agreement, league source tells Y! Sports. It's a full four-year deal, no opt-out after three.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 27, 2013
This is a lot of commitment to a big man that hasn't shown the maturity or production on the court to warrant the pre-draft hype he received in 2010, but it's hard to deny the talent of the Kings' young center. Cousins is just 23 years old and has career averages of 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds while making 71.0 percent of his free throws. However, his field goal percentage (44.8 percent) and defense leave a lot to be desired, despite being a guy that takes a lot of charges.
Cousins has to improve on shot selection and passing decisions (although he is capable of threading the needle from the post or high post) on offense and find a way to not butcher the Kings' pick-and-roll defense. But the Kings feel comfortable giving him the four-year max, saving the five-year max for down the road, and moving forward with the combination of DeMarcus Cousins as the main piece of the puzzle and Mike Malone coaching him up.